When the email from Groupon arrived offering a half-price York R510 rowing machine, Mile Richards was ecstatic ‘I’ve always wanted one to go along with the weights bench, cross trainer and cycling machine I bought five years ago. And for £90 it’s a steal.’
But Richards suddenly remembered that his old equipment was unused, and had been dismantled and taken to the local council tip by his wife to make room for the cot in what is now the nursery.
‘It got me thinking’ said Richards ‘Why should I go to the trouble of assembling the bloody machine, leaving it unused for five years before having to dismantle it and take it to the tip?’
After a quick call to Groupon his worries were over ‘They agreed to deliver it straight to the tip, but want an extra £10 to separate the metal bits from the cardboard packaging and make sure it’s put in the right recycling skips. What a bargain. It weighs a bloody ton, and by them delivering it straight to the tip I don’t even have to carry it.’